Heat Your Space in Style with Today's Wood-Burning Stoves

Wood-burning stoves remind me of my grandparents’ home once I was a child: they had a big, classic one sitting on a brick hearth inside their own living room. Because they long ago moved from that home and I don’t recall seeing many since, I’ve always correlated wood-burning stoves with matters of the past. But that could not be more inaccurate: All these heating appliances are plentiful today, and they are offered in a variety of contemporary styles designed to be much more clean-burning.

Of course, including a wood-burning stove isn’t quite as simple as throwing a brand new throw blanket in your interior, but if you are renovating or considering an alternate heat source, have a look at the next interior layouts to see if one could do the job for you. Or in the event that you already have one in your house and feel it’s more of an eyesore than a statement, then maybe it’s possible to use a little decorative inspiration. Check out a few of the looks, and get ready to warm up in style this winter.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

Wood-burning stoves aren’t anywhere near as common as fireplaces, so if you are lucky enough to have one in your house, make it stand out. This designer created a wall shield using textured ceramic tile, making this contemporary, clean-burning Rais wood stove feel distinct and different from the rest of the hallway.

Don F. Wong

This picture is evidence that wood-burning stove can heat a space up both literally and figuratively. Wide-open, clean-lined and modern, this living room may feel cold to some, but the addition of the wood stove adds a sense of coziness.

Cathy Schwabe Architecture

Much like the previous picture, this modern space receives a comfortable touch from the wood stove.

TruexCullins Architecture + Interior Design

Since the main goal of toaster is to provide heat, it’s best to add it within your seating arrangement. This designer made this contemporary stove the focus of the living room by centering it, creating a dark, dramatic wall shield and flanking it with bookshelves.

Eggleston Farkas Architects

Consider facing your couches toward one another, together with the wood stove, much as you’d organize furniture around a fireplace. It will not just offer maximum heat, but this setup is prime for conversation and entertaining.

Cathy Schwabe Architecture

If your wood-burning stove is somewhat off center, balance it with extra furnishings so the whole look becomes a vignette.

Feldman Architecture, Inc..

Wood-burning stoves are not just for living places; they are useful wherever additional heat is necessary, or maybe where heat will best be circulated. If you are considering adding you to your house, make certain to consider all of your options. One close to the staircase may be perfect.

Smith & Vansant Architects PC

A wood stove on the porch expands outside living nicely into the warmer months.

Neiman Taber Architects

Want something sleek and unconventional? Go to get a silver modern fashion. Placing it in the center of the room permits the whole space to benefit from its warmth.

Webber + Studio, Architects

This unique wood-burning stove design modernizes the look and leaves this bedroom perfect for a cosy night’s rest.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

It is difficult to deny the charm of a traditional-style wood-burning stove. If you’ve got one, display it : make it your focal point and update it using a modernized hearth.

Recall: things of yesteryear add character. Instead of trying to disguise or conceal this yellowish wood-burning stove, this designer embraced it. With the addition of contemporary furnishings, hardwood flooring and a textured oriental rug, this diverse classic went from obsolete into irresistibly charming.

See the rest of this home — such as a shot of what this fireplace seemed like if the owners moved in.

Do you have a woodstove? We’d really like to see the way you use it.

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Family-Friendly Coastal Style in Michigan

When designer Laura Davidson of Dwellings was hired to style this floor plan and interior design, she had a solid relationship with her”dream customers,” who gave her free reign. The house was designed for three generations: The couple has three grown children and one in middle school, and they desired a apartment for one set of grandparents contained in the design.

The general feel of the house is comfortable, subtly coastal, bright and family-friendly. “I love to weave delicate topics throughout a house,” says Davidson. Let us take a look at how she achieved this.


Davidson had a hand in everything from the design, built-ins, layouts,”right down to the doorknobs,” she states. The built-ins from the living room were designed around the tv, which Davidson believes we should stop trying to hide and only embrace. The stone is a Beuchal stone veneer — actual stone, but lighter and less expensive than full size stones.

Art across the fireplace is Jeff Condon, a local artist.
Ottoman was custom produced by Vanguard.
Almost All the lighting in the House is by Visual Comfort.
Sofas and chairs are by Miles Talbot.


“I love symmetry,” says Davidson. “I made the house to be somewhat family-friendly and to have a very easy and functional flow.”

The general palette of the home is subtly coastal. “Subtle pops of colour move through the house, and that I tweaked the hues for various flooring to provide them a different texture.”


Transoms over windows and doors are another repeated element, and their decorative is mimicked from the built-ins, like these cabinets that separate the living space from the kitchen.


A subtle seaglass blue onto the island makes it stand out, and the Viking range is the specific same hue. The tiles on the backsplash by Jeffrey Court replicate the sea-glass feel. The counters are Caesarstone, which Davidson chose because”it has that sand feel.”

Toward the end of the kitchen, it is possible to see a transom above a swinging restaurant-style door that leads to the pantry. “All of the doors at the house are painted the same pale gray,” says Davidson. “We saved a few dollars by painting all of the interior doors rather than using solid wood doors, which are considerably more costly”


These saddle seat counter stools emphasize a flat stripe motif that runs across the house. When the original stools Davidson had ordered fell through at the last minute, Michael Thomas Furniture custom made them for her in about a week. This was really fortunate, as 6,000 individuals were scheduled to come through during a Parade of Homes!

The transom-like element is replicated on peak of the cabinets.


The dining chairs are a sea-glass blue hue taken over from the kitchen island, but are covered in a metallic leather, which sets this as a formal area.

Dining Table by Somerset Bay
Chandelier by Visual Comfort
Rug by Dash and Albert.


The window seat was designed with the customers’ middle schooler in mind. It is a favourite perch, complete with storage underneath. To the best are doors that get the coated portion of the upper deck, and they’re often left open once the family entertains, allowing easy flow from indoors to outside.

“The ceiling has delicate paneling; a V-groove using a crown,” says Davidson. The V-grooved paneling is another subtle motif that repeats throughout the house.


The upper deck is available from several rooms. The in-law apartment has its own private deck area which links to the deck of the main house. The ceiling is a gray/tan blot that coordinates with the front porch, tying the front part of the house to the rear.

Furniture by Joe Ruggiero for Miles Talbot
Photograph by Sunbrella


The master bedroom on the main floor has a tranquil trendy coastal palette. Davidson also used symmetry to help attain a relaxing and relaxing feel.

Chests by Somerset Bay
Bed by Corsica
Mother of Pearl lamps by Jamie Young
Settee by Wesley Hall


Again, Davidson believed the tv in the planning phases; the chair-rail height paneling was set up so the horizontal screen wouldn’t appear to be floating to a large empty wall. A sitting area that includes a settee and chaise provide a relaxing spot in this personal retreat. A rain string beyond the window provides a beautiful noise during inclement weather.


A large, multi-functional laundry room includes this particular island for folding clothes and doing crafts. It also has a drying cupboard, where one can hang clothes to dry warm or slowly visitor’s cold coats on winter (that gets a whole lot of usage during cold Michigan winters). The floors are honed travertine.


Beach glass tiles are interspersed between 4″x16″ brick-shaped tiles in this space. “I love to use different textures,” says Davidson. The cupboard doors are metal mesh, more casual than the cabinets in the kitchen.


Because the owners prefer to amuse in this house so much, there is an extra full-sized fridge and freezer in the laundry room.

Island by British Traditions
Barstools by Go Home


These seeded glass doors let the natural light from the laundry room into the hall and are also an interesting architectural element. Around the corner is a landing strip. “I always try to integrate a rear hallway message centre,” explains Davidson. “It’s a wonderful spot to come in, dump the keys and mail and maintain that mess out of the kitchen.”


Moving downstairs, another kitchen solutions the pool and patio area, which is beyond the French doors. “During celebrations, the owners open up the doors to let people flow in and out from the pool area,” Davidson says. They’d 200 people over for a party shortly after the house was finished.


“I wove the very same colors through into the lower level but substituted them with deeper hues for a more casual feel,” says Davidson. Horizontal stripes look again on the carpet and the boards onto the kitchen island.

A more casual trestle dining table by Regina Andrews is created from reclaimed wood. The aluminum chairs from Home Decorators provide a wonderful material contrast, as well as the Dash and Albert carpet brings more of the darker blue. The habit drum pendant is by Stonegate Design.


Woven barstools (by Four Hands) from the kitchen lead a casual beachy feel. The countertops are walnut, and the pendant lighting is by Kichler.


The backsplash tile colour is black a bit, while its glossy finish still feels beachy.

Backsplash tile by Olympia Tile


The tv wall built-ins include panels. “Beware of open shelves,” warns Davidson. “They can leave a good deal of empty room for a lot of items. Here, the panels gave us a place to hang art, and they fit the scale of the 9’x15′ wall,” Davidson says. The flat V-groove panels are a subtle detail that reproduces on the base cabinets.


Davidson deliberately left the glass out of the transoms on the lower floor”I just love how casual they’re,” she states. The sectional from Pottery Barn was the one piece at the house the owners gave her to use. Its darker tan hue fits right in with how she tweaked the lower floor’s colour palette.


“This room was my biggest challenge at first,” says Davidson. The teen daughter”knew she wanted white and black, and she knew she wanted Parisian.” The room wound up being a lot of fun. Two mirrors flanking the daughter’s bed (Hobby Lobby finds) reflect the light and silhouette of two chandeliers. The fanciful headboard is by Annie Selke.


Davidson had easy curtains from IKEA hemmed in dark, an easy and affordable customized trick.


The house overlooks a lake south of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The majority of the living room is on the primary floor you see here, and the floor under it. Because the house is sited on a hill that overlooks a pond, the lower floor opens up into the outdoors.


A path leads from the house through wetlands into the lake.

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Guest Groups: 20 Ice Buckets for Holiday Entertaining

Though it’s still October, the season is right around the corner. In only a few weeks we’ll be kicking off holiday parties which will fill our calendars through to New Year’s.
To get you in the party-planning mood I’ve piled up an essential element of your entertaining arsenal: the ice bucket. It may add a splash of style to your vacation bar cart and also make it a little easier for visitors to mix up something for themselves while you’re busy in the kitchen! Listed below are 20 of my favorites. — Kate out of DomestiKated Life


Mars Party Tub – $24.95

Here’s a contemporary way to store ice and drinks for larger parties. Tuck a couple bottles to the reddish powder-coated metal tub and let your guests serve themselves.


Green Ice Bucket – $75

This green ice bucket has a classic feel with the brass detailing but lends a contemporary pop of green into your pub. It would look perfect mixed with oranges and browns at Thanksgiving or red tones in Christmas.

Retro Planet

Red Plaid Ice Bucket – $39.99

The retro red plaid on this ice bucket gives it a nostalgic sense that will fit in good with rustic decoration or even a preppy Christmas occasion.


Bleaker Bar Ice Bucket – $59

The Bleaker Bar ice bucket is a balance of tradition and modernity. The simple shape and touch of metal make it an elegant bit of barware.


Gold Ice Bucket and Glass Caddy from Twinkle Star Crafts and Vintage – $72.99

This ice bucket and glasses caddy seems like it was plucked in the set of Mad Men. It is going to add a significant splash of glamour into your pub.


Classic Ice Bucket from Flying Ace Vintage – $32

Finished in a denim outside and a topped with a bright yellow handle, this ice bucket is filled with whimsy. It is a great piece to mix with a industrial or contemporary design decorative; the dash of kitsch will make it pop in its setting.


Anchor Hocking Milk Glass Ice Bucket from Changing Years – $30

White milk glass is a timeless classic, and this hobnail patterned ice bucket is no exception. The texture adds interest to the simple shape and clean color.

West Elm

Cheers Ice Bucket – $29

With its festive gold lettering, this ice bucket seems like it was created to serve champagne on New Year’s Eve.


Monogrammed Stainless Steel Ice Bucket With Tongs – $149

Including a monogram for this classic stainless steel ice bucket will allow it to be an heirloom to be passed down through the family. It is a timeless shape with simple banding for interest.

dabney lee AT HOME

Personalized Ice Bucket – $60

A more contemporary take on the personalized ice bucket. You may choose from dozens of options for monogramming and colours with all these lucite versions.

Zhush LLC

Ice Bucket – $125

For a bit of Hollywood Regency style that you can bring in an animal print ice bucket with fitting lucite handle and tongs.


Black Kromex Ice Bucket – $25

Faux crocodile and wood combine for a manly look which also includes a some significant glamour.

Furbish Studio

Lucite Ice Bucket – $30

Sometimes a pub needs a pop of color and lifestyle amid all those clear fluids and glasses. This lucite ice bucket includes vivid tones and patterns to make it a stand-out piece.

Pier 1 Imports

Black & White Bar Accessories – $29.95

The ice bucket is just one element of this pub, which means you may want to consider investing in a fitting pair of bar tools too. The ice bucket featured here has an inlaid white and black layout and matches the cocktail shaker, wine cooler and blending gear.

Graham and Green

Top Hat Ice Bucket – GBP 45

It is always great to have a bit in your decor with a little bit of humor, and this hat–shaped ice bucket has that element. It is an enjoyable piece that is balanced with its sleek, cool styling.


Orrefors ‘Street” Ice Bucket – $250

There’s nothing more luxe than crystal barware. The grid pattern and strong lines make this a very masculine piece which has a large impact.


Carillon Silver Pineapple Ice Bucket

Pineapples are a symbol of welcome, therefore it is an appropriate shape with this hinged ice bucket as you use it to entertain guests. It’s a classic look that will add a glow to your tablescape.

Tiffany & Co..

Elsa Peretti Thumbprint Ice Bucket – $2,100

Made from silver, this ice bucket is the epitome of a fresh, timeless shape and is perfect for bringing out to celebrate special occasions.


Wishing Well Ice Bucket

For a more country-inspired appearance, this ice bucket is modeled after a rustic pail however in heavy-duty stoneware.


Colin Cowie Ice Bucket with Stainless Tongs – $14.99

The touch of golden rimming makes this ice bucket look like a million bucks — minus the hefty price tag. It is a reasonable alternative that still packs a lot of style.

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Airy Bathrooms See the Light

For resale value, appeal and general livability, couple of rooms are as crucial as the bathroom. When embarking on a remodel, it’s easy to become caught up in each trend or lament your shortage of space. Fortunately, even in tighter quarters, making a light, bright and airy texture can be simple. Here are a few tips for transforming the space you’ve got into a space you’ll love.

Melissa Davis Design

1. Leave the chimney in. When making over a bathroom, occasionally it may be tempting to cover up the windows. But if mild and inviting is the look you are trying to achieve, leave them. We aren’t fans of the neighbors visiting us shower, but waterproof colors can cure that problem.

Normandy Remodeling

2. Shrink your storage. We aren’t opposed to vanities, especially in toilets where storage is at a premium, however when it comes to taking advantage of every square inch of visual space, occasionally sacrificing storage is logical. Pedestal or open-leg sinks may have a classic appeal, and they don’t obstruct the eye one piece. As a bonus, in a more compact area, working in double sinks sans cabinet can be more doable than making room for a double vanity.

3. Think shimmer. In making a bathroom feel big, large, large, a little shimmer can go a long way. The iridescence of a tile such as this is beautiful. Using mirrors to create the illusion of space is obviously a winning idea too. It is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but there’s a reason for that.

Brandon Barré Architectural Interior Photographer

4. Consider your colours. An important part of producing the ideal, airy, spacious bathroom is the color. But when making it mild, white isn’t your only option. A blue, a warm gray or the palest creamy yellow can be inviting and spalike.

Bosworth Hoedemaker

5. Create a curbless shower. Seeking to make a space feel open does not require having a great deal of extra space. Instead of cramming a small tub into a very small bath, consider developing a large, walk-in cupboard. It’s easy to become caught up in the notion of luxuriating in bubbles, however a luxury rain shower can be just as relaxing. And when it comes to resale value, the guideline is that as long as there’s one tub in the home, making the remaining baths shower-only occasions is just nice.

Bruce Wright

6. Do not block the box. Among the biggest deterrents to a breezy bath is a impairing shower curtain. Freestanding glass doors create the illusion of more space by utilizing every available inch of square footage, not cutting it off using an opaque curtain. Inexpensive varieties can be bought at large box stores, however if you aren’t watching your pennies, nothing says luxury like frameless glass.

Hendel Homes

7. Get the ideal dose of mild. One necessity of an airy bath is mild, light and more light. If it can be organic, all the better, but regardless, the fittings are predominant to the space. A chandelier such as this is so glamorous, but if this isn’t the sense you are looking to achieve, well-placed sconces or unique flush-mount fittings can be equally as excellent.

8. Do not counter marble. For a classic feel, nothing beats elegant white marble. Sure, a complete marble shower similar to this one is luxurious, but for a similar effect on a tighter budget, forget the ceiling and also choose an economical white tile to the floor.

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Are You Ready for a Dark and Sophisticated Kitchen?

Black cabinets exude incontrovertible dynamism into a kitchen. Whether they are part of a larger remodel, then a temporary fix for a rental or an interim alternative to a costly renovation, black cabinets not don’t provide high-impact results.

While the color could be intimidating at first, black is classic. When done well it’ll always appear current or appropriate in a kitchen, whether it’s used all over or as an accent.

Black cabinets might require an excess measure of care and attention: Dust stands out on dark surfaces, as do soap and water stains, therefore frequent wiping is essential — although frequent wiping in a kitchen is usually very good practice, anyhow.

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CliqStudios Cabinets

These sophisticated lower cupboards look good topped with a gray counter. Pops of yellowish brighten the look.

Chang + Sylligardos Architects

Play with contrasts of black cabinets against white walls and countertops. Getting rid of upper cupboards entirely will surely assist with brightness, both in terms of natural lighting and visual distance.

elegueller arquitetos

Background in the kitchen will always make a splash, but paired with black cupboards, the dose of drama is exponentially higher. Black cabinets also produce a fantastic backdrop for exceptional hardware, as this stunning jewel box of a kitchen shows.

Rick Hoge

These pastoral lower cabinets were treated with the expression of a hand-rubbed furniture finish. The bronze beams dress it up, giving the room an Old-World aesthetic.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

A contrasting island will always make an impression. A traditional kitchen with white cabinets suddenly becomes edgy and high-style with a black-based island. Black paint will conceal scuffs in areas where feet come into contact with the wall — a fantastic alternative for places with counter or bar stools!

Austin Patterson Disston Architects

Naturally, the reverse treatment will create an impact too: Even a lighter, brighter island will provide a dramatic contrast against dark cabinets. Make this the heart of the kitchen, where guests gather, where meals are taken, craft projects are completed. Top with extraordinary light fixtures, and you have just carved out a real gem for yourself!

Atmosphere Interior Design Inc..

1 concern with black cabinets is that they might absorb too much strain. This kitchen is proof that they don’t have to. The semi-gloss provides only enough sheen to reflect light around the room, while the mild countertops and light wood floors keep the overall atmosphere glowing.

Urrutia Design

If your kitchen isn’t doused in natural lighting, but you would still like to learn more about the notion of black cupboards, bring in additional light-reflecting materials. The white upper cabinets, stainless steel appliances and hardware and also the feel created by the white black and grout backsplash tiles work superbly with the black cupboards.

John Lum Architecture, Inc.. AIA

An open kitchen is a good place to try black cabinets, as they may seem more like furniture and blend with the nearby living spaces.

CliqStudios Cabinets

The way to decorate your kitchen cabinets
If you intend to take on a boring-to-black cabinet painting project, you are searching for a high-impact, affordable boost. Here’s how to take action
Wipe down cabinets, drawers and face frames with warm water and cleaner to remove any surface stains and dirt. Eliminate all hardware (handles, hinges and knobs ). If you intend to reuse them, keep them together in a safe location. Fill any gouges or holes, especially if you’re replacing the old hardware. Place doors on fall cloth as you work . Sand. In case your cabinetry isn’t particularly glossy, you won’t have to do much, but it is always good to rough it a little, so the primer and paint will stick to the surface. It will also help produce a smooth foundation, which is critical if you intend to apply a glossy paint. Prime. Oil-based primers, although messier and stinkier, will provide the ideal durability and protection for self explanatory, high-use elements like kitchen cabinets. Let the primer dry immediately. Paint! Two coats of latex should do the trick. Semi-gloss will be a lot easier to clean, high gloss will give you more drama. Satin is the lowest sheen you ought to go with in terms of durability and wipe-ability. Paint with short strokes, all in the exact same direction. Let dry completely between coats. The wait: Experts recommend waiting three days prior to re-hanging doors to ensure that you won’t muck up your paint job with fingerprints, or risk with the doors adhere into the frames. Rehang/reinstall, and allow the compliments roll in.
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Houzz Tour: Light and Lovely Home with a Distinctive History

It may be hard for some people to imagine living in the house they grew up in. When it’s working with an older house, or trying to overcome your parent’s design, the idea can be somewhat overwhelming. However, for Trina McNeilly, who authors the blog la la Lovely, it’s been a welcome challenge to create her childhood home outside of Chicago her own. “It may be quite wonderful, and fairly strange all at the exact same time,” she states.

With four kids in the house, McNeilly’s learned to create smart, easy, and creative adjustments which are cheap and kid-friendly. Above all else, she wants this house to reflect her own personal style, without losing all the excellent features that she grew up adoring. “I understand that if, or if, I ever move, I’ll dream of this house constantly,” she states.

“I’ve important decorating ADD,” McNeilly states. “Once I say I’m going to focus on a specific space, I inevitably find a million items for every other room in the house and become distracted.” A number of the goods in McNeilly’s house are hand-me-downs out of her parents who she is repurposed for an entirely new appearance.

All of these pieces help keep the decoration in a similar fashion that she grew up with, but with her own special touch. The rest of the pieces in her house came from internet shopping deals and occasional excursions to local shops and stores in Chicago. The end result is an eclectic and unique house that has been the perfect house for this family of 6.

The real showstopper from your family’s living area is an outside swing out of IKEA installed on a single side of the expansive space. “The swing provides hours of enjoyment during our long winters,” states McNeilly. “Now the kids want a slip to the basement!”


McNeilly found the quirky yellow arm chairs on their way to the trash outside of a house in her area. She rescued them and has plans to recover them. For today they include a few interesting colour to the home’s living space.

Couch: Clayton Marcus
Wall map: Plan de Paris Wall Map

The knock-off Ghost Chairs in the dining area is another favorite find. “They were a stealthey seem fantastic, and they work great with all the kids,” McNeilly states. The contemporary plastic chairs comparison a rich wooden table and natural looking rug underneath.

Table: Z Gallerie
Carpet: World Market
Centerpiece: One of a kind pottery piece from Anthropologie
Pendant: Pottery Barn
Chairs: InteriorExpress.com

One of the great components of redecorating this house was that McNeilly was able to completely indulge in her love for chandeliers, even installing one in her master bathroom. The easy crystal adds only a small bit of luxe to this simply made area.

Chandelier: Schonbeck

The empire chandelier in the master bedroom is just one of McNeilly’s beloved bits. “I’ve something for chandeliers, however this one is extra special,” she states. “It’s old and it sparkles, what could be better than that?”

Chandelier: Antique out of Euro Trash
Headboard: Z Gallerie
Quilt: West Elm
Pillows: Anthropologie

The couple chose to keep their bedroom in an easy white palette to help the space feel relaxing and soothing. Instead of carpeting, they laid down pine planks and painted them white. “It’s the biggest risk I’ve taken up to now,” she states.

Bench: Antique from Euro Trash

McNeilly setup a small workspace for herself in 1 corner of the massive master bedroom. The chair and desk were both hand-me-downs from her daddy. She bothered and refinished the desk in a gray colour, and then had the seat recovered in a plush green velvet.

Table lamp: House Goods
Wall color: Moccasin, Benjamin Moore

In another corner of the master bedroom, McNeilly set up a snug little spot for her baby son, Rocco. An IKEA crib is accented with stump side tables along with a lambskin for an earthy, cozy appearance.

Wall artwork: Debbie Carlos
Crib: IKEA

One of the spare rooms has been changed into a playroom for the four McNeilly kids. The armoire about the far wall was McNeilly’s mum’s, and has been distressed and humiliated for a fresh new appearance.

Kids table and chairs: Pottery Barn Kids
Kids play furniturePottery Barn Kids

Instead of using the typical LACK wall shelves from IKEA, McNeilly came up with a creative idea and used the brand’s BEVKAM spice racks for wall mounted shelves with an added railing for security. She just spray painted all of them white, and installed them directly on the wall.

Silver poufs: Target

In her oldest son Luke’s area, McNeilly put in a pair of bunk beds — perfect for those instantly play dates. A chalkboard wall promotes creativity, and eliminates the need for important wall artwork.

Bunkbeds: Pottery Barn Kids
Bedding: Batman and Spiderman sheets out of Pottery Barn Kids, Star Duvet and Shams from IKEA

Ella is the only daughter from the McNeilly home, so she went all-out with her bedroom decoration. Pink and white bedding, vivid pink accents, along with a super shiny flea market disco ball gave her a perfectly girly bedroom.

Bedframe: Macy’s
Bedding: Bed Bath & Beyond. Pink floral duvet and shams, gift
Blue polka dot pillow: Anthropologie
Pink seat: Euro Trash, reupholstered

Even though McNeilly loves her house, 1 room she would love to remodel is your kitchen. It was remodeled by her mum, and is a lovely blend of dark wood and granite, but is not really McNeilly’s style. She dreams of an all-white kitchen with marble countertops, however, the current setup does the trick for the time being. “I think that the white kitchen might need to wait for my one-day-someday-house,” she states.

Barstools: Pier 1 Imports

McNeilly’s design is sophisticated, but since this is a house with four kids, there is also a distinct sense of playfulness throughout. A magnetic chalkboard wall permits the youngsters to (temporarily) decorate their house too!

The covered back porch is where the family loves to spend summer nights. The collage on wall has been made by McNeilly’s husband as a present to her for their 14th wedding anniversary. The frame is filled with photographs from their last 14 years together.

Chairs: Lloyd Flanders Outside Wicker Place

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Creating Nests: Cozy Outdoor Rooms

People crave living spaces in their homes, and individuals desire living spaces in their own gardens and outside spaces. If you walk through a garden, you most likely are unintentionally drawn to spaces you can curl up inspaces in which you are able to look out over a vista from a hideaway or hidden nooks and crannies. There is a reason a treehouse is a kid’s home away from home!


A porch bed is among the greatest simple luxuries in life. Sleeping amidst the breezes of summer with only a thin sheet is a beautiful thing. To make your bed feel cozy, add a lattice display for clippings or photos and provide weight to a own headboard with slice of dark furniture. The enclosure two sides enables the bed to feel enclosed while allowing those summertime breezes in.

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Is not there something grand about turning the corner and finding a traditional wooden treehouse nestled out in a little stand of woods? Perhaps you have seen a treehouse you did not wish to climb into?

Most of us have an innate urge to climb up high, securely protected, but able to look out over amazing vistas. The Swiss Family Robinson needed it right!

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A contemporary form of the traditional tree home includes those usual features of a protected space: borders on three sides and an opening into a large, beautiful vista. This distance accomplishes the sense of a nest as a result of the canopy draped over the seating area and also the height of the porch.

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This contemporary concrete terrace provides many of the same benefits, with three sides decorated by a half wall, a canopy overheadplus a layer of soft furnishings and beautiful horizontal vistas.


A simple cloth canopy works just too in a lengthy, hallway-like space. The near columns on either side of the table along with the covering overhead allow diners to feel protected and cozy while they sip cocktails and also discuss the politics of their day.


A dining nest doesn’t have to be a grand event. A simple table and chairs, a little draping of blue, and partitions on two sides create a quiet, contemplative place for morning coffee and afternoon tea.

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Screens are ideal enclosures in an exterior space since they’re simple to maneuver and let air flow while closing off space. This display does a great job of creating an exterior room that doesn’t force you to feel boxed in, as a result of its translucent material.

SB Architects

A bathtub on a tree-house-like deck is quite possibly the best place in the world. Protected by columns, but without perspective busting walls, this little nest is calling my name!

Amy Renea

When you’re creating an outdoor nest, then do not neglect plantings and green views. Reduce your trees to create little arching frames over vistas and you also add another layer of protection.

Aitken and Associates

With beautiful purple wisteria blooms dripping down round the construction of this nest built onto an old stump, the views from all sides are framed perfectly. The plantings provide the tree home a veil of security, while the open windows offer vistas.

How are you going to create a nest today? Will you trim a few branches in spring to create a framework? Will you haul a comfortable additional mattress out in your rooftop balcony ? Maybe you’ll be inspired to break out the nails and hammer and build yourself your own tree house full with wisteria vines, a tiny door along with a zip line — or maybe you will just shut your eyes and dream of pirates along with a family named Robinson.

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Live Boldly the Floor on the Ceiling

Living boldy in your design choices is not always about vibrant colors and crazy artwork. You are able to live boldy by simply using materials in an unexpected way. A tendency of late is to put timber flooring onto the ceiling a throwback to blue Victorian porch roofs. Wood tongue-and-groove or beadboard, however, is not the only type of timber you may put on your ceiling. Have a look at these clever ideas of designers and homeowners living boldly by putting their flooring onto the ceiling!

Christopher A Rose AIA, ASID

This beautifully engineered wood is the perfect complement for this conventional porch. The floor itself is kept silent, neutral and unassuming, as to not compete with the stunning ceiling.

Capoferro Design Build Group

A walnut, also supplied a slick gloss finish, is a perfect addition to this contemporary interior area. Employing exactly the same tones onto the ceiling, fireplace and floor decorating produces a cohesive look.

Philip Clayton-Thompson

This is just another illustration of a wooden ceiling completed right. The matte finish and deep wood tone really are a beautiful complements to the white throughout the remainder of the room. Notice a theme?

Another means to seamlessly incorporate a wood ceiling is to produce a tone-on-tone wooden scheme. The materials are different, but there are only three basic tones of wood (mild, light and dark), so the look is constant.

Richlin Interiors

A long, slight arch may also make a grand announcement. By placing wood flooring on the ceiling with striking curved beams and recessed lighting, the look is anything but subtle!

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Echelon Custom Homes

Maintain the look mild by painting your wooden ceilings a crisp white or light blue. The ceiling will probably feel like it is drifting off, mimicking a glowing, summer skies. Inside this area, the beam is left a profound wooden color to attach with the timber flooring and floor the space.

Jagoda Architecture

Even sub-flooring may even be used as a bold design option onto a ceiling! Inside this area, simple plywood is supplied a blonde stain and glistening finish for a bold look. Creating a seamless plane is essential for this style. Truth is key when making cheap materials appear elegant and expensive.

Elad Gonen

If wood is not your thing, possibly tile is more your style! Try wrapping a conventional floor tile throughout the ceiling, down the walls and into every corner of your area. Accent with a gorgeous piece of glass mosaic art, and you can definitively say that you have lived boldy!

If glowing pinks and purples are a little too heavy handed for you, you’re still able to be bold with neutrals. A top arch of marble tiles seems to soar above this tub and imitates the arch of the window under. Notice the size variations of this tile on the ceiling and wall, all of different variations of Bianco Carrara marble.

Echelon Custom Homes

Classic red brick is an another flooring material which may be utilised in contemporary ceilings. The warm tones of this brick complement the timber flooring, cabinetry and beams in this kitchen. A blue-gray island and white walls provide a little bit of lightness to balance the heavy stuff.

Hufft Projects

Can you take the look of a floor to the ceiling? Maybe your bold choice is going to be a gorgeous slick walnut or cherry planking to your family room ceiling. Maybe you will choose to take terracotta tiles in the kitchen floor to the ceiling.

Maybe you’ll be struck with inspiration in the flooring department of your regional home improvement shop and think of a distinctive, unique idea for your bedroom ceiling. Whatever your choice, feel free to be bold!

Tell us Do you get a unique ceiling? We’d really like to see it. Post a photo below!

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16 Crafty Ways With Spaces

Whether you are starting a handmade cottage business, want a better place for stitching and knitting supplies, or fantasy of a dedicated area to get your holiday wrapping, you might need some inspiration for organizing your space. Following is a group of some favorite inventive workrooms and storage closets filled with ideas to get you started.

Burnham Design

Utilize boxes and trays to keep things neat. Designer Betsy Burnham’s studio remains organized via shelves filled with white boxes and a string of functional trayscapes.

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Get the most out of a large laundry room. This distance by Martha O’Hara interiors combines an office, laundry area and craft space. O’Hara custom made the wrapping center rods and stands for this particular distance, which she dubs”Practical Magic.”

Martha O’Hara Interiors

Have a designer create a system to meet your needs. Here is a closer look at just how well organized the ribbons and papers are.

Michelle Hinckley

Have fun with colour. Among my favorite color combinations is yellow, black and white, and designer Michelle Hinckley has shone on that taxicab palette in this room. Her usage of symmetry keeps things balanced and pleasing to the eye.

Lots of us have searched high and low for reasonably-priced organizing boxes and magazine holders and have discovered the best deals are from IKEA. Caution: You are going to push your fingertips on those little metallic label tabs when you are placing them together, but they’re worthwhile.

The Locker

Utilize a combination of storage solutions. Flat files, cabinets and open shelving assistance Etsy artist and blogger Lockette keep her supplies organized.

Take over a large closet. This walk-in closet in an idea home was tricked out with rods for wrapping papers, hanging space for fabrics, and baskets for corralling craft supplies. The adjacent craft room remains neat and organized thanks to the closet.

Shoshana Gosselin

Take over a not-so-large closet. I understand most people do not have the luxury of a walk-in we can dedicate to crafts, not as an entire craft space. If this is true, consider transforming a two door closet to a craft space. This is a good use of a guest room closet. (See how this designer made her circle-inspired wall stencil.)

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Perk up the backdrop. Reinvigorate your supply storage with fun paint or wallpaper like this mild aqua inside Vivian’s craft closet.

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Make the most of built-ins. A wall of simple built-ins, along with the above IKEA boxes, transparent drawers and a countertop make the most of one little area of the room.

Surge – ATX

Bring in the experts. If you want to take it to the next level, have an architect, interior designer or closet company design an organizational strategy suited to all of your storage needs.

Contemplate a pegboard system. Borrow the pegboard idea from the garage workbench to hang organizational containers and rods. Paint it an inspiring color; this one is painted”Lakeshore” by Sherwin-Williams.

Paul DeGroot

Learn from a kitchen layout. A island in an art studio or craft space can function much as it will in a kitchen. It offers an extra work surface, drawers for tools and even flat files and/or slots for paintings and drawings. Its location in the middle of everything enhances efficiency.

Jeanette Lunde

Use distance all the way to the ground for storage. If an island is a pipe dream, boxes and baskets on the floor near your desk can assist you in keeping rolled-up programs, sketches and papers handy.

Van Wicklen Layout

Require over a guest space. Designer Jeanette Van Wicklen is blessed enough to have a guest home on her house. She turned one large, light and bright room to her style studio.

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Get the most out of natural light. This studio is where artist Tjasa Owen gets the magic happen. Wall space, natural light and easels are important components for a painter’s workspace.

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ZeroEnergy Design

Take over the attic. In case you have extra space in your attic and need a house studio, consider renovating it. Dormer windows and/or skylights can be added to allow in the natural light.

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13 Dream Dining Room Views

Great views are usually found in living rooms, master bedrooms and even bathrooms. But what about your dining room area? A great way to share an opinion with others and eat while taking a look at the entire world is by putting your dining table facing a panorama.

Believe me, nothing beats a dining area with huge windows and an appealing perspective. Can it be a sea view, a country view or a city view; staring at breathtaking scenery whilst eating is one of life’s pleasures. Such views also serve as great decoration.

Claudia Leccacorvi

Before I saw this picture, I thought a sea view might not be surpassed. Boy, was I wrong. How this dining table is aligned with the rows of the vineyard makes this dining room a dream come true.

Sutton Suzuki Architects

Floor to ceiling windows take advantage of this sublime view of an island, allowing this dining area to be easy — no fittings are wanted. Nothing tops an island view decoration, right?

Laidlaw Schultz architects

The idea of the exterior decorating the interior gives way to beautiful designs like this one. A glass wall allows an uninterrupted view and attracts the colors of the outdoors inside.

Jay Hargrave Architecture

This dining area takes full advantage of what what some may consider an obstructed view, but perspective is everything — I think that a room facing the surface of a tree is magnificent. There’s something about being at precisely the same height as the treetop that makes me feel closer to nature; as if I had been a tree too. This view envelops this space with character — what could be more beautiful?

BraytonHughes Design Studios

Open your doors to the exterior world and float with character. This elegant dining area changes completely after the doors have been opened, allowing the sun, the breeze and outdoor sounds come indoors.

Philpotts Interiors

This is a window to heaven. Can you envision enjoying a delicious meal while staring out at this view? What I love the most is the open space and the freedom of moving in and from the dining room.

Glenn Gissler Design

Surround your dining rooms with natural perspectives and replicate character’s beauty indoors. Here, a wooden dining table and flooring echo the elements of the gorgeous outdoors. An beige or orange hue will work wonders, allowing colours from the exterior to carry through your house’s interior.

ACANTHUS Architecture & Design, San Francisco, CA

Alcatraz and Angel Island include their island appeal, while beautiful San Francisco adds a city vibe to this excellent dining area view.

Yellow and white enfold outdoor colours and bring them indoors. This is a bright setting with a strong sense of peace and harmony. Breakfast with this viewpoint could be heavenly.

Carl Vernlund

The gorgeous view of the lake through the woods is dreamy. This delightful cabin embraces the opinion with its rustic accessories and palette.

Elad Gonen

Adding curtains a fantastic way to present the outdoors while maintaining your dining room feeling comfy. If privacy is an issue, use curtains to cover exposed areas and leave the rest of them open to fairly perspectives.

Maraya Interior Design

This vibrant dining room celebrates the ocean view and also makes it part of this joyful composition.

Elad Gonen

Watch the sun glint on skyscrapers throughout breakfast and gaze at the cityscape’s glitter whilst dining at night. A city view is exciting, and the designer of the dining room made sure to expose every piece of city view available into this area.

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